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What is an FHP?

What does a Foot Health Professional do?

The conditions that a Foot Health Professional would treat include corns, calluses, warts and fungal infection. FHPs are also expected to carefully trim nails and prevent nail problems developing. They also offer individuals guidance on foot care to ensure their health and comfort.

Is this a full time occupation?

That’s up to you – after all you’re the boss! The advantage of becoming a Foot Health Professional is that you can decide on what hours you do working around family commitments. So if you dislike early mornings or wish to work out of “office hours” you can.

Be your own boss! Our students come from across the world, at various stages in life and with a variety of backgrounds. One does not require any previous medical knowledge to be successful on our course; we have had receptionists, builders, and even professional beer tasters complete our Diploma and go on to create a successful business as a Foot Health Professional. One great advantage of becoming a Foot Health Professional is that you can decide on what hours you do, working around family and life commitments. So if you dislike early mornings, or wish to work out of “office hours” you can, as it is completely up to you!

Theory Course

The Theory element of the Foot Health course consists of 12 Modules each with a module assessment (consisting of 25 multiple choice questions) and a Portfolio Task (a short essay based on each module).

You can work at your own pace, but we do not recommend completion of more than 1 Module per fortnight. The Module assessments completed online give you immediate feedback.

Clinical Course

Upon successful completion of the Theory element you are then welcomed to The SMAE Institute for 2 weeks Clinical Training. We run our clinical training every 2 weeks throughout the year meaning you can choose the dates you would like to attend so you can fit it in and around personal commitments.

You will gain hands-on experience, reinforcing your theory and giving you the core skills with which to work in the world of Foot Health and meet people from all walks of life.

"Great course and really pleased I chose the SMAE Institute! Really pleased with the quality of the books we were sent to study from, and the speed at which everything arrived!"


"Even though it is distance learning I feel that you are not far away for help or even a chat. I like the fact that you have photos on the site as it feels like you are talking to real people, which is reassuring!"

– J. Cole

"The Clinical practice has been an amazing experience and the Tutors were fabulous. So, so helpful and everyone wants to see you succeed so it is extremely motivating and uplifting. You will all enjoy!"

– L. Woodward

"I am completely happy with the content and structure of the course and find it fits in well with work as I do shift work so can't always study at a regular time. I feel the support is there when you need it and the feedback you get is excellent."

– Mrs Bee

"I had to make some phone calls and they could not have been nicer or more helpful. The person who answered my queries was very professional and knowledgeable without having to be passed to a different department or person."

– J. Kenna

"When contacting the Institute, I always received excellent support."

– T. Wright

"Online tutor chat is very, very helpful and great due to quick response times."

– L. Hockey

"Really enjoyed the clinical training, everything was very absorbing and interesting. I like the way we were taught because it was organised, comprehensive and easy to follow."

– I. Rowlands

"I attended an open day and enrolled on the same day... I was very impressed with the organisation, all staff were extremely helpful."

– C. Victor

Call our friendly team to book your open day visit 01628 621100